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December 26, 2017

Another One: Harrisburg, PA Terror Shooter Came to US on "Family Visa" Through a Distant Relative

But I was assured that our vetting processes were so thorough this could never happen, except for all the times it happens every other month.

A gunman who shot at police in a terror attack last week came to the U.S. on a family-based immigrant visa, the Department of Homeland Security said, highlighting a program President Donald Trump has criticized.

Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty fired at a Harrisburg police officer Friday afternoon and later at a state trooper, wounding her before pursuing her, Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico said. El-Mofty was later killed by police.

Department of Homeland Security acting press secretary Tyler Q. Houlton said Saturday that El-Mofty was a naturalized U.S. citizen who was admitted to the country from Egypt.

"The long chain of migration that led to (El-Mofty's) admission into the United States was initiated years ago by a distant relative," Mr. Houlton said in a statement.

Mr. Houlton said incidents like the one involving El-Mofty "highlight the Trump administration’s concerns with extended family chain migration." He said chain migration and the diversity visa lottery program have been exploited by extremists.


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